Saturday’s $125,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park has attracted eight 3-year-olds, including three stakes winners.
No Show has been tabbed the 7-5 morning line favorite in the one mile
test. The son of Hard Spun has tested stakes company in his last five
outings, with a win in the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park and a runner-up
finish in the Nashua Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct. The Kelly Breen trainee
posted a bullet workout at Belmont Park at the end of January and will
carry Jeremy Rose for the first time.
Mike Foxtrot (7-2) has earned checks in each of his four stakes
appearances, including a win in the Maryland Juvenile Championship and
seconds in the Maryland Million Nursery and Frank Whiteley Stakes, his
most recent start. Jozbin Santana will be coming in from Gulfstream Park
to ride for trainer Dickie Small. Santana was based in Maryland from
1998-2008 and rode first call for Small for a number of years.
will also start Dynamic Strike (9-2), who has rattled off wins in his
past two starts, a maiden score in November and a driving victory over
optional claiming company on January 24. Forrest Boyce retains the
“He is a cool horse and each time he is getting better,” Boyce said. “He is still immature and hasn’t quite figured it out yet.”
has been aboard Alpha Mike Foxtrot in his six previous starts,
including a victory in the Maryland Juvenile Championship and on the
board finishes in three other stakes races.
and the owners made the decision so I didn’t have to choose,” added
Boyce. “I think he (Alpha Mike Foxtrot) is also really improving. I love
him. He gives you everything he’s got each time. He does not leave
anything left in the tank. The funny thing is the day after he runs,
when I go by his stall he is knocked out. I think both have really good
shots at winning.”
Hills Giant (8-1) became a stakes winner after capturing the New York
Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes last fall. The New York bred, who is
trained by John Terranova, has been absent since tiring to last in the
Pilgrim Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park in October. Abel Castellano has the
Dominic (8-1) has won two-of-three starts for trainer Mike Trombetta,
including an allowance score here on January 16. Julian Pimentel will be
aboard the son of Midnight Lute for the fourth consecutive start.
Rock (10-1) has nine in the money finishes in 10 career starts,
including three third place finishes in stakes races. The Dale Capuano
runner will have the riding services of Sheldon Russell.
Doodle (12-1) has four consecutive second place finishes, including a
runner-up finish to Alpha Mike Foxtrot in the Maryland Juvenile
Championship. The Gary Capuano trainee will carry J.D. Acosta.
(20-1) comes into the Miracle Wood off an allowance victory at Penn
National in December. Emilio Flores will ride for trainer Michael
APPRENTICE RIDERS DOMINATE THURSDAY CARD
jockeys have captured nine of the 42 Eclipse Awards for Outstanding
Apprentice. This afternoon at Laurel Park, a pair of bug riders won five
of the nine races.
Trevor McCarthy rode three consecutive winners, scoring with Royale Harbor ($9.80-5th), Buttertart ($7.60-6th) and Go Allie ($9.60-7th). The first and third were for King Leatherbury, who now has 6,363 victories, third on the all-time list.
Yomar Ortiz reached the winners’ circle in back-to-back races earlier on the card with Who Dat Boy ($14.60-2nd) and Halo Hollie ($2.80-3rd).
leads the rider standings with 24 victories, one more than Sheldon
Russell. McCarthy ranks third with 16 first place finishes.